Pineapples have been cultivated in Guadeloupe since the dawn of times. They were brought back in Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1493, and royal families soon developed a liking for it. It gradually became available to the rich, the noble and the elite.
In Guadeloupe, this fruit symbolises hospitality. Pineapple was used in the past to make an ointment applied on open wounds to speed up recovery.
Pineapples can be eaten as is for a tasty snack between meals, or they can be chopped up and added to your favourite foods – whether that be yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, cake, salad or to top off your sorbet.
Can be preserved in a cool, dry cupboard, protected from light and humidity for up to 12 months.
Pineapples grow slowly, and can take up to two years to reach full size. Therefore, pineapples are picked and eaten when they are ripe but much smaller than its maximum size. If they are left to their own devices a single pineapple can reach up to 9kg (20lbs).